Prevost hopes the workshop will strengthen consumer protection

Prevost hopes the workshop will strengthen consumer protection

The Ministry of Trade, Energy, and Employment is conducting a one-day workshop on Competition Law and Policy.

According to Research Economist of the CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC), and facilitator of the workshop, Rommell Hippolyte, the workshop is “a one-day introductory session, aimed at exposing participants to the basic concepts relating to competition law.”

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Energy, and Employment, Careen Prevost, underscored that the workshop will focus on the main elements of new and evolving competition regimes.

“We have seen the need to create an awareness of the benefits to customers, and the economy of free and unfettered competition practices,” she said. “This time, focus will be placed on the main elements of the emerging and evolving competition regimes in CARIFORUM, and the relationships between the various institutions and courts of the region, where the implementation of those regimes are concerned.”

Prevost mentioned the establishment of a unit within the Ministry of Trade, responsible for consumer affairs. The unit, she said, has been working towards the establishment of a legal and administrative framework, for engaging competition-related issues in Dominica.

She expressed her hope that the workshop will help strengthen consumer protection.

“We do hope that at the end of this project, we will see a more robust consumer protection network, we will see legislation in place, and we will also see a strengthened Consumer Protection Unit within the Ministry of Trade,” she stated.

The CCC is responsible for promoting and maintaining fair competition within CARICOM, for the enhancement of economic efficiency and consumer welfare.

Dominica signed on to the CARIFORUM EU IPA on October 15, 2008.